Hi everyone! We wanted to share a bit of our knowledge about crate training with you all. Crate training is important because it gives us a place of comfort and security. The primary goal of crate training is to get your dog to associate the crate with something pleasant. We are going to go through some steps to help you hoomans out.
Introducing your dog to their crate:
- Put the crate in an area of the house where the family spends lots of time.
- Make the crate comfy for your pet by putting in a soft bed or blanket that they like.
- Talk in a positive and happy tone when bringing your dog over to the crate.
- Drop treats in the crate to lure them into the crate (don’t force him or her to enter the crate). Keep dropping treats and toys in the cage until your pet enters the crate. Mom likes to give us kong balls stuffed with peanut butter when we enter the crate because we love peanut butter and it keeps us occupied!
Feeding your dog in their crate:
- Feed your pet his or her regular meals in the crate. We pets love our food so this will create a positive association with the crate.
- When your dog gets comfortable entering the crate to eat their meals, you can close the crate door while they are eating.
- Open the door as soon as your pet is finished eating at first. After the first few times leave the door closed longer after your pet has finished eating (give it about 10 minutes). If your pet whines when they are in the crate then you should try shortening the time period they are in the crate and then increasing it gradually.
- If your dog is whining to get out of the crate it is important you don’t let them out. If you let them out then they will begin to associate whining with getting let out. Wait until they stop crying and then let them out.
Practicing being in the crate longer and eventually at night:
- Increase the time your dog spends in the crate gradually.
- Start to leave the room when your dog is in the crate so that they get used to being alone while in the crate.
- Once your dog stays quiet in the crate for a half hour with you out of sight then you can begin leaving them crated when you’re gone/letting them sleep there at night.
- You can also put them in the crate next to your bed so they can see your face while they sleep. The hoomans did this with us and it really helped us get used to the crate!
- It’s good to keep the crate nearby in case your dog cries to go to the bathroom. Hearing this and letting them out is important for the potty training process! Puppies will eventually begin to sleep all the way through the night.
Leaving your pup in the crate when you leave:
- The hoomans started doing this with small periods of time and then gradually increasing these periods. They always give us a treat when we go in the crate.
- Leave a few toys with your dog to keep them occupied.
- Stay calm when getting ready to leave the house. You can crate them for a little bit before you leave.
- If your dog has problems with being alone you can also leave the tv on or play some music for them. Mom likes to do this for us.
- When you come back don’t act overexcited. It’s important that you act calm even if your dog is acting super excited to see you.
The hoomans like the crates from Petco. Mom especially likes the 2-door crate from Petco:
We hope your dogs love their crates as much as we do soon!
Luna, Casper , Milo (Porkchop), and Poppy